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City of Miami Beach
1700 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Phone: 305.673.7000

Building Inspections

  • Civic Access

    Inspections may be requested, canceled, or re-scheduled via the Civic Access portal. 

  • How-To Guide

    Download the how-to guide to assist with this process.

IMPORTANT: If you are neither the contractor nor the owner, you must be added to each permit for which you seek access to.  To be added to a permit, you must submit a notarized letter from the contractor or the owner giving you consent to be added as a contact.

Inspections are performed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Although we attempt to accommodate requested dates for inspections, the inspection may not be scheduled that day.  The actual scheduled date of inspection may take 1-2 business days from the requested date. We recommend logging into Civic Access portal to verify the scheduled date. Then, on the day the inspection has been scheduled, verify the route.

Building Inspections
About Inspections

Due to inspection routes being reordered during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., it is best to verify the order of inspection after that time. If you cannot find your inspection after these hours, most likely it is not scheduled for that day.

Click here to view inspection routes.

Jobs, which value exceeds $5,000, require a recorded Notice of Commencement (NOC).  NOCs can be recorded by the Building Department’s Records Management section or at the Miami-Dade County Recorder’s office.  However, it does not apply to the repair or replacement of an existing heating or air conditioning system less than $15,000.00 in value. Download and print a blank NOC form.

Inspectors shall activate Body Cameras during all inspections.

The Building Department is allowing virtual inspections for certain inspection types.  View the complete list of virtual inspections allowed and the procedures to follow.

When requesting a Virtual Inspection via the Civic Access portal, please enter the word "VIRTUAL" along with your email address within the Comments/Gate Code field.

Virtual Inspection

The following are required for inspection:

  • The approved job copy of the plans and documents. Drawings must be printed to a full-size print per the original drawing size. For example, if a drawing file was set during design at 24″x36″, then a full-size print of that file would be 24″x36”. Files must not reduce scaling at the time of print.  Ex: Original size Arch D (24" x 36") files must be printed to size Arch D (24" x 36") paper."
  • Permit Card
  • Recorded Notice of Commencement
  • Property address must be properly posted and visible from the street
  • The job to be inspected must be accessible
  • An OSHA-approved ladder must be available if needed

Any inspection after initial inspection, that is failed by an inspector more than two times, shall be charged a fee of four times the amount of the fee imposed for the initial inspection or first reinspection, whichever is greater, for each such subsequent inspection.  (See Fee Schedule under Additional Resources - https://www.miamibeachfl.gov/city-hall/building/)

A fine of $500.00 will be imposed on all concealed work pursuant to Section 8-CC of the Miami-Dade County, FL Code of Ordinances. For the first repeat violation, the amount of the civil penalty shall be double the amount of penalty prescribed for the original violation. Read more about concealed work without the required inspections.

Applicants may request Expedited Overtime Inspections.  The fee for the Building Department’s Expedited Overtime Inspection is charged per trade requested. (See Fee Schedule under Additional Resources - https://www.miamibeachfl.gov/city-hall/building/)

Note: Requests must be submitted via email to the specified trade's chief twenty-four (24) hours prior to the requested inspection date.  The company representative must be present at the job site for the inspection.

Requests must include the following:

  • Date, and time requested for the inspection
  • Type of inspection
  • Permit number and Jobsite Address
  • Reason for the overtime inspection
  • Name and phone number of the company representative to be present at the job site
  • Signed and notarized by the qualifier

Applicant will receive an invoice which must be paid in full prior to the inspection. Fees may be paid online:

Please submit your request via email to: buildingadmin@miamibeachfl.gov

Or in-person at:
City of Miami Beach City Hall
Building Department, Second Floor
1700 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Inspector Contact Information

Inspectors may be contacted Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM.
Phone: 305.673.7610 Extensions are listed below.


James Bartell

Sr. Building Inspector
Ext. 26410

Reinhold Guzman

Sr. Building Inspector
Ext. 26312

Jorge Laffitte

Sr. Building Inspector
Ext. 26916

Oscar Valladares

Building Inspector
Ext. 26092

Ray Burke

Building Inspector

Jorge Alvarez Acosta

Building Inspector
Ext. 26092

Hector Hernandez

Building Inspector
Ext. 26111


Jaime Reyes

Chief Electrical Inspector
Ext. 26461

Diego Martinez

Sr. Electrical Inspector
Ext. 26730

Omar Monzon

Sr. Electrical Inspector
Ext. 24390

John Ardila

Electrical Inspector
Ext. 26659


Carlos Vazquez

Acting Mechanical Chief
Ext. 26381

Joshua Davis

Mechanical Inspector
Ext. 26207

John Ramirez

Mechanical Inspector
Ext. 26529

Teresa Cata

Mechanical Inspector
Ext. 26485


James Zeigler

Chief Plumbing Inspector
Ext. 26742

Rafael Ojeda

Sr. Plumbing Inspector
Ext. 26384

Lazaro Rodriguez

Sr. Plumbing Inspector
Ext. 26774

Rohan Hall

Plumbing Inspector
Ext. 26080


James Bartell

Sr. Building Inspector
Ext. 26410

Civic Access is a next-generation service site for permitting, planning, business tax receipts, and code compliance. Submit your request online and check back for the status of your permit application, and building plan, or even request an inspection.

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